Many individuals have come to spend a day, a weekend, or even a week at Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat, reflecting, meditating and appreciating the beauty of God’s creation in this very special place. It is a holy space for healing and renewal. It is a space made holy by the hands and hearts of participants and volunteers alike. It is out of this belief that Our Lady of the Prairie Memorial Garden has been established.


A Memorial Garden provides a long-lasting tribute to a loved one who has passed away as well as offers a place for the survivors to remember and heal from the loss. The Memorial Garden has been blessed and is situated in the open space beyond the Labyrinth and inside the Stations of the Cross circle. This sacred space of prayer and meditation is a fitting location to honor deceased loved ones with ties to Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat.

In keeping with The Prairie’s policy of preserving the natural beauty, the Memorial Garden is designed to remember loved ones with engraved stones that are placed in a spiral surrounding a native Burr Oak Tree, a symbol of long life and deep roots.

Any time after the death of a loved one, you may contact the Director of Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat at 563-374-1092 to begin the process of memorializing the person. A donation of $500 or more is requested for each stone.